School of Computing

Superb support for international students

Although we are known as the UK's European University our appeal is world-wide. With 157 different nationalities represented in our student body, and 40% of our teaching and research staff from outside the UK, Kent celebrates intellectual and cultural diversity. Our popularity is due to many factors, including our academic reputation, safe and friendly campuses at Canterbury and Medway, great locations and outstanding computing and study facilities. International students also benefit from our English language support, international students' welcome programme, excellent job opportunities, good student accommodation and a beautiful, multicultural environment.

International education

We welcome applications from international students. The following information may answer any queries.

Qualifications and entry requirements

For admissions we consider all qualifications equivalent to the listed British qualifications. If English is not your first language, then we also typically require IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent. If you are in any doubt you should contact us so that we can discuss your individual case, email us at

Visa requirements

Please visit the University of Kent visa and immigration pages for full details. You may also find it helpful to view this short film of two students applying for their visas.

Industrial placement

The Year in Industry is an industrial placement during the course of your studies that pays a salary. Most students undertake UK-based placements but there are opportunities to secure placements abroad too. Please see opportunities to work overseas for more information.

Real work experience

Computing programmes which are combined with a Year in Industry are open to all international students and, because it is an integral part of the degree course, a normal student visa will be sufficient to enable you to take up a placement.

All computing students, including international students, can choose to work for the KITC, which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.

English language support

All international students at Kent have the opportunity to take up to two hours of free English lessons each week at our Centre for English and World Languages. The Centre also provides pre-sessional English courses and foundation courses that are specially designed to prepare international students for academic study.

International Foundation Programme (Computing G408)

This pre-degree year is designed for international students whose school qualifications are slightly below British A-level. The programme prepares international students for academic study. Upon successful completion it guarantees a place on a Computer Science programme at Kent. On entry students must typically have IELTS 5 or equivalent. This programme is run by the Centre for English and World Languages, which also provides continued support throughout your subsequent studies. Further information is available at the Centre for English and World Languages.

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English language support before you start

If your English language skills are insufficient to meet the entry requirements of your chosen postgraduate course then we can help. The University runs pre-sessional English language courses for international students. These take place during the summer period before the postgraduate courses begin.

English language support during your course

CEWL offers a range of English language modules for international students who are already registered at the University of Kent.


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International News

Visit from Vietnamese bank BCS/BIDV The School of Computing was honoured to receive the CEO, Head of Research and six other visitors from BCS/BIDV bank (Vietnam) on Friday 14 September 2018, and also the CEO of WealthObjects Ltd to discuss potential collaborations in the areas of financial forecasting and financial securities. The School of Computing was represented by Dr Michael Kampouridis, Professor Ian McLoughlin, and PhD student Mr Lam Pham. During the meeting, Dr Kampouridis presented th...

21 September 2018

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Computing makes international impact Over the past year, the School of Computing has continued to have a global reach in its research, student recruitment and engagement activities, showcasing the truly international impact of the School. Raising our profile through research The government-run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise ranked 100% of the School’s research impact ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and the latest research in the Sc...

29 August 2018

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Computing Student wins Sciences Postgraduate Research Prize Computer Science PhD student, Farhana Liza, has been selected as the Sciences Postgraduate Research Prize Winner for 2018. Farhana has won £500, which can be used for costs related to her research. The prize was presented formally at the Postgraduate Festival on the afternoon of Monday 18th June, followed by a dinner in Canterbury for the prize-winners. Farhana's research is in the field of Artificial Intelligence, specifically in the intersection...

20 June 2018

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Kent's brain interface chosen to showcase UK research to China Brain research within the School of Computing is being used to showcase UK research internationally. The University of Kent is one of six UK universities which will feature in a video and series of features which the British Council will share on Chinese social media channels in its ‘Study UK, Discover your Innovation’ campaign. Lecturer Caroline Ling Li, PhD student Yuzhou Lin and alumnus and research collabora...

16 May 2018

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Last Updated: 29/08/2018